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Sunday, April 29, 2012

"Lucy," Terrier/Cattle Dog X, Campbell - Found

Lucy was found deceased on a highway following our search. 

Lucy was a nine month old black and white Cattle dog mix. She was wearing an orange bandana, a collar with a microchip tag and she was microchipped. 

Lucy was adopted by her current home only about two months prior to getting loose. She was found as a stray in Fresno. 

Lucy jumped from a parked car as her person was inside a store at a shopping center. 

She was missing for one week at the time we did our search. 

The track we found led away from the shopping center and continued for a couple of miles. Then the track turned and went into a secluded creek area. The track eventually led out of the creek and down a single block long street. At the end of the street is an entrance to a very busy expressway. The rest of the street has no outlets. 

We could not find any track leading out of the street. It did not go out to the expressway. It did not go back out to the area of the creek, and there was no way out on either side of the street. Apartment buildings and office buildings with very tall walls were on both sides. 

I explained that this meant that Lucy was picked up on that street and put into a car with the windows rolled up and driven away. At this point, Lucy's person stopped the search. 

On our way back to the cars, she received a phone call that Lucy had been found deceased on a highway by a passerby and the person had pulled the orange bandana from the body, but had not called animal control to pick up the body. According to this person, she saw the body of Lucy for several days, but did not do anything. The finder told Lucy's person that she saw the body on the highway within 24 to 48 hours after Lucy's disappearance. Then this person saw a flyer posted for Lucy, remembered the dog on the highway, pulled off the bandana and called the number on the flyer. I believe the highway was 280.

Lucy's person was convinced that Dino was never following Lucy's current track, but that Lucy took off from the shopping center and eventually made it to the highway where she was hit. 

I offered another outcome. I believe that Lucy's was picked up by a person on the street in a car where the search ended, and that it was probably the first night that Lucy's disappeared. I think this person was either coming off the expressway or entering it. I believe that this person got Lucy to get into her car, but, maybe was not able to read the tags right away if Lucy was the shy and scared dog I was told she was. The person drove to their home and attempted to read the tags from inside the car, or get Lucy out of the car, but Lucy bolted and took off. Now Lucy was loose again, in a totally new area, possibly near the area of the highway where she was hit, which, I was told, was just a few miles from where the search ended. 

What shocked me the most about this case was that nobody called animal control for over one week to tell them about the body. And, that this person saw the body on the highway for several days, and never made an attempt to check the collar or call animal control. 

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Created by My Tracks on Android.
Total distance: 10.54 km (6.5 mi)
Total time: 3:52:49
Moving time: 1:40:33
Average speed: 2.72 km/h (1.7 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 6.29 km/h (3.9 mi/h)
Max speed: 11.48 km/h (7.1 mi/h)
Average pace: 22.09 min/km (35.6 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 9.54 min/km (15.4 min/mi)
Min pace: 5.23 min/km (8.4 min/mi)
Max elevation: 64 m (209 ft)
Min elevation: 29 m (96 ft)
Elevation gain: 393 m (1289 ft)
Max grade: 3 %
Min grade: -8 %
Recorded: 4/24/2012 2:48 PM
Activity type: -